Improving The Patient Experience, Access To Data

Improving the patient experience, access to data

Complex health care system causes many to forgo treatment

The health care system has often been criticized for its siloed practices, causing many headaches for the patients it treats. A recent editorial talks about the drawn out and tedious patient experience, and how difficult the health care system can be to navigate. These frustrations, and the inconsistency of care, cause patients to forgo being seen by doctors and get the necessary treatments in order to improve their health.

Medicine often gets thought of as a one-way road, where doctors work to solve patients’ problems. And don’t get me wrong, that work is incredibly important; there are thousands of doctors who do incredible work every day, and I am grateful to have those people in my health care system.

But patients are doing work, too. It just happens outside of the clinic. Reducing that workload would it make it easier to comply with my doctor’s orders — to make the care the medical system prescribes actually succeed. It would mean that patients don’t have to choose between their jobs, their families, and their health care.

Helping patients, providers understand rights to health data

In an effort to help patients understand their rights under HIPPA, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released consumer and provider engagement tools at its annual meeting. The tools include a playbook for providers and clinicians, and a series of educational videos for patients. For more information about your health information rights, see the infographic below:

Obese young adults aware of CKD risk

Young adults, aged 20-40, who are obese aren’t aware that they are at risk for chronic kidney disease, a new study found. The study emphasized that younger people who have not been identified with diabetes or hypertension, but had greater abdominal obesity were susceptible.

Those that had been identified with elevated levels of albuminuria, fewer than 5 percent had ever been told they have kidney disease, indicating a clear disconnect between clinicians and patients. Chronic kidney disease can be managed, if behavior modification takes place. But, it requires the collaboration between caregivers, providers and nephrologists, as many focus on the health-related quality of life for those with CKD.

The Einstein researchers found that excess albumin was present even in the urine of obese individuals with normal blood pressure, glucose levels, and insulin sensitivity, confirming a direct connection between obesity and the albuminuria associated with kidney disease.

Acute kidney injury Increases Risk of CKD

A recent study released shows the likelihood and risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) that follows an acute kidney injury (AKI). Even a relatively minor AKI, leads to a greater risk for Stage 3 CKD.


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Renalogic (formerly DCC, Inc.), headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, was founded in 2002 as a specialty dialysis cost-containment company to help clients understand the unique market dynamics in the dialysis provider community. The company has evolved to become a comprehensive provider of data-driven, end-to-end chronic kidney disease (CKD) care and cost management programs for the self-insured industry. Renalogic’s professional team includes leaders in healthcare administration, care management, legal specialists in ERISA and healthcare law, contract negotiation, payer/provider negotiation, and clinical experts.